Looking for an easy ocean animal craft to do this summer? This paper jellyfish craft is a perfect craft activity to keep your kids busy on a lazy summer day.
It is a great under the sea craft to make with preschoolers, kindergarteners, and school-age kids.
It comes with a jellyfish printable template that you can cut out and glue together. There is plenty of cutting and gluing involved. This means it is an excellent craft to work on kids’ scissor skills and fine motor skills! Add this craft idea to your summer camp craft list and kids will have lots of fun making this beautiful jellyfish craft!
The jellyfish’s tentacles are made of colorful paper chains which look super cute when the kids wiggle it. You can also make it a hanging jellyfish craft by making a loop using yarn and sticking it behind the jellyfish head.
Looking for more summer craft ideas? Check out these fun summer craft ideas for kids of all ages.
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Supplies you need to make a Paper Jellyfish craft for kids
- Jellyfish printable (Purchase in our shop)
- White A4 cardstock (to print the Jellyfish’s head)
- A4 Construction papers of different colors to make the paper chains.
- Watercolor (or crayons or color pencils)
- Glue stick
- Yarn and clear tape(optional, only if you want to make it a hanging jellyfish)
- Stapler (optional)
Tutorial-How to make paper jellyfish
Purchase the jellyfish template from our shop. Download and print the jellyfish template on A4 cardstock.
Kids can now color in the jellyfish’s head and the wavy layer that comes below it. We used green and yellow watercolor for painting our jellyfish template. You can also use crayons, color pencils, etc.
Cut out the parts-head, wavy layer, and the eyes. Apply glue on the top rectangle part of the wavy layer. Stick the jellyfish head to this rectangle with the wavy layer coming below. Stick two eyes on the jellyfish’s face.
Let’s make the paper chains now. Print the last page of the jellyfish template on A4 construction papers of different colors (if you want a multicolored chain). We used yellow, light green, and dark green papers for our paper chain. You can also print it on white paper and color it.
Now cut out the rectangles from the template. This gives an excellent exercise for those little hands to practice their scissor skills. Kids may still need adult help for this part depending on their age and skill level. They may not come out as perfect rectangles which is okay.
Cut out more rectangles if you want a longer paper chain.
How to make a paper chain
Once you have enough paper strips, let’s start making the paper chains.
Take one paper strip and glue or staple the ends together to form a loop. Now, take a second strip and insert it through the loop. Glue or staple its ends together to form an interconnected loop. Now, take a third paper strip and thread it through the second loop. Again, glue or staple the ends of the third paper strip to form a third loop. Continue this until you are happy with the length of the paper chain. We used 9 to 12 paper strips for one paper chain.
To stick the paper chain to the jellyfish’s head, thread a paper strip through the first loop of the paper chain and glue the ends together to form a leaf-kind of shape, instead of a circle.
Stick the leaf-shaped loop on the back of the jellyfish’s head.
Make three or four more paper chains the same way. Threading the paper strips and sticking them together give good fine motor practice for kids. Making paper chains can be a great family activity too. Smaller kids can help pick the paper strips while grown-ups make the loops.
Once you have made the paper chains, glue them behind the jellyfish head. And that’s it. You have made a beautiful jellyfish craft.
We made two of them. Aren’t they so pretty? You can also hang it like a windchime by sticking a loop of yarn behind it.
More sea animal crafts for kids
We have even more sea animal crafts for kids to enjoy! These crafts let your children explore the amazing world of sea creatures through art and creativity.
Heart Jellyfish Valentine’s day craft – If you are looking for an ocean-themed Valentine’s Day craft, this heart Jellyfish is perfect. It’s a craft that combines the love of sea animals with the warmth of Valentine’s Day! Kids will love to paint colorful paper hearts and stick them on the Jellyfish’s face and tentacles.
Paper chain Octopus – We’ve got a fantastic paper chain octopus craft that kids are sure to enjoy making! It’s a super fun and easy craft project that lets your children create their very own octopus friends out of colorful paper. Kids can make colorful paper chain arms for the octopus while working on their scissors skills and fine motor skills.
Handprint turtle craft – Handprint crafts are some of the most popular and fun projects that kids can make. Creating a handprint turtle craft is an easy activity for children that captures their precious tiny hands. Preschoolers, kindergarteners, and young school kids alike will love making this handprint turtle.
Egg carton shark – If you liked this paper jellyfish craft, check out this recycled ocean animal craft which is another great under-the-sea craft project! It’s not only fun but also a great way to help our environment.
Easy ocean animal crafts – If your kids love the ocean and enjoy being creative, there are even more exciting craft ideas for them. Check out our collection of easy ocean animal crafts that are perfect for children to make and have a blast with.
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